With summer camping in full swing, the Eureka! Riner 40 sleeping bag offers roomy comfort without the added bulk
By Dan Sanchez
If you ever wanted a summer sleeping bag that can work in both a car camping and occasional backpacking trek, the Eureka! Riner 40 might be one to consider. This mummy style sleeping bag is cut differently to offer additional room inside the bag. Measuring “82 x 33” this “hybrid” cut offers more shoulder and foot room, giving it the roominess of a rectangular style bag, but with a head warming hood and draw cord.
At a carry weight of only 2 lbs., 8 oz, the Riner 40 is also lightweight and stuffs into a small compression sack (included) that measures 14″ x7.5″. This makes the Riner much smaller and easier to carry if your car camping trip also includes an overnight backpacking trek.
The sleeping bag is filled with the company’s Rteq micro insulation that’s soft, dries quickly and stays warm. The bag’s outer shell is made from strong 50D Polyester rip stop, while the inner liner uses soft 75D peached Polyester and features a vertical S quilting. Also inside is a small pocket that’s perfect for quick access to your watch or cell phone…just in case you need to Tweet about your trip or check any messages in the middle of the night. The pocket uses a small hook and loop strip to keep it closed so don’t put anything in there that can easily slip out and get crushed while you sleep.
We liked the Anti-snag zipper stitch guard that prevents the heavy-duty zipper from snagging most of the time. If it gets real cold at night, you can pull in the draw cord and bundle up. We tested the Riner 40 towards the beginning of spring and although the temperature dropped to 20-degrees F., we managed to stay warm and comfortable with an extra layer of clothing.
The Riner 40’s extra room also makes it great when you turn on your side. Most mummy bags turn with you, and you end up resting your shoulder or arm on the zipper. The extra width around the waist and shoulder areas of the Riner 40, allow you to turn and sleep on your side without the bag following your every move.
The Eureka! Riner 40 retails around $100, making it an affordable dual purpose bag that’s ready for any quick weekend camping or backpacking trip. For more information, visit www.eurekatent.com